Freemasonry consists of historic and ancient rituals conferred to new members through three degrees. They are the degree of an Entered Apprentice, the degree of a Fellowcraft, and the degree of a Master Mason.
Each degree consists of work, that new members memorize to progress to the subsequent degrees. Please note that you will get out of Freemasonry what you put in, hard work, dedication, and commitment to the work will see you progress as fast and as far as you choose.
As a new member, there will always be a fellow Mason to assist you in the memory work of each degree, this Mason will be your tutor and guide.
The Lamb Skin
It is not ornamental – The cost is not great. There are things far more useful, yet truly I state:
Of all my possessions, there is none can compare with the white leather apron which all masons wear.
As a young lad I wondered just what it all meant when Dad hustled round, and so much time was spent, on shaving and dressing and looking just right. Until Mother would say: It’s the masons tonight;
and some winter nights she said: What makes you go way up there tonight, through the sleet and the snow you see the same things every month in the year. Then Dad would reply: Yes, I know it, my dear.
Forty years I have seen the same things, it is true; and though they are old, still they always seem new; for the hands that I clasp, and the friends that I greet, seem a little bit closer each time we meet.
Years later I stood at the very same door, with good men and true, who had entered before. I knelt at the altar, and there I was taught that virtue and honour can never be bought;
That the spotless white lamb-skin all masons revere, if worthy worn, grows more precious each year. Service to others brings blessings untold, that men may be poor, though surrounded by gold.
I learned that true brotherhood flourishes there, that enmities fade beneath the compass and square, as there on the level, men meet and abide.
So, honour the lamb-skin, and may it remain forever unblemished, and free from all stain; and when we are called to the great father’s love, may we all take our place in the grand lodge above.